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The Ideological Divide: Conflict and the Supreme Court’s Certiorari Decision


Emily Grant


Washburn University School of Law

Scott A. Hendrickson


Creighton University

Michael S. Lynch


University of Kansas

August 29, 2012

Cleveland State Law Review, Vol. 60, No. 3, p. 559, 2012

Abstract:     
This Article bridges a gap in existing literature by evaluating, from an empirical perspective, the impact of conflict among the lower courts on the Supreme Court’s decision to grant or deny a petition for a writ of certiorari. Specifically, this Article looks at the political ideology of the lower courts involved in a split of authority on federal law and compares those positions to the political ideology of the Supreme Court itself. This Article concludes that the ideological content of lower court opinions in a conflict case impacts the Supreme Court’s certiorari decisions in a statistically significant way, and thus sheds new light on the role lower court conflict plays in whether the Supreme Court’s exercise of its discretion to grant cert.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: court, ideology, certiorari, empirical methods, circuit splits, conflict

JEL Classification: K19, K30, K39, K40, K49

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Date posted: August 30, 2012 ; Last revised: February 5, 2013

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Grant, Emily and Hendrickson, Scott A. and Lynch, Michael S., The Ideological Divide: Conflict and the Supreme Court’s Certiorari Decision (August 29, 2012). Cleveland State Law Review, Vol. 60, No. 3, p. 559, 2012. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2138211

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Emily Grant (Contact Author)
Washburn University School of Law ( email )
1700 College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621
United States
Scott A. Hendrickson
Creighton University ( email )
2500 California Plaza
Omaha, NE 68178
United States
Michael S. Lynch
University of Kansas ( email )
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Lawrence, KS 66045
United States
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